October Newsletter
Mrs. Carol Davis,Esq.
Atkins CDC Director
Good News from Our Director
Good things are happening at The Enterprise Center in October and we've included some highlights for you in this newsletter.  We are excited to introduce two new members of our staff, Mrs. Telissa Fair Ward is managing our shared-use commercial kitchen and Dr. Kyle Luth has some exciting plans for our community garden.  We are partnering with city staff, Steven Hairston and Ken Millett, for a series of business training classes starting on October 23, and on October 26th we will have a grant award celebration for WSSU student Miranda Legg and local community gardeners. To celebrate the WSSU Homecoming weekend Ms. Patricia Degraffinreaidt has planned a Soulful Scholarship Brunch on October 21 that will fund a scholarship for a deserving WSSU student. Please get your eventbrite tickets today.  As always I want to express appreciation to all of you who support the Atkins CDC and the Enterprise Center including our board of directors, faculty, staff and students at Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the city of Winston-Salem and of course the entrepreneurs of the Enterprise Center.
Please donate to the S.G. Atkins CDC by clicking the link below.  All donations are appreciated to increase programming and student internships.  

Four New Homes! 
Ownership Opportunities for First-Time Homebuyers 
Atkins CDC New Home Under Construction For Sale to First-Time Buyer 
1305 Hardesty Lane, Winston-Salem
Three bedrooms, two baths, 1,200 square feet with vaulted ceiling and ceiling fans.
Call Juan Aguilar, KW Realty, 336-391-5234
Atkins CDC New Home Under Construction For Sale to First-Time Buyer
1309 Hardesty Lane, Winston-Salem
Three bedrooms, two and half baths, 1,200 square feet.  Call Juan Aguilar, 336-391-5234.

Minority-Owned Business Statistics from
2017-2018 Business Year
African-American small business ownership in America has sky rocketed in a year's time. From 2017-2018 minority businesses have grown an outstanding 400%. After only growing 15% in the years 2015 - 2017.   Here is a list of impressive statistics updated as of August 23, 2018. 

S.G. Atkins CDC Welcomes New Board Member
 Tim McMullen

Tim McMullen,  a native of Charlotte, has been named Associate Vice Chancellor for Facility Management at Winston-Salem State University.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University. 

In this new role, McMullen will provide leadership in the overall planning, funding, design, construction, operation  and  maintenance of university facilities.

Interested in Buying a Home?
S.G. Atkins CDC will Get You Moving!
The Enterprise Center Welcomes 
Two New Employees
Meet Telissa Fair Ward

We welcome to the S.G. Atkins CDC family, Mrs. Telissa Fair Ward as the Commercial Shared-Use Kitchen Manager. Telissa comes to The Enterprise Center with 20+ years of experience in the Food Service and Hospitality Industries.   Her background includes overseeing kitchen operations at Cone Health, Novant Health, and The Adams Mark Hotel chain. She completed 4 years of study at High Point University in High Point, NC majoring in Business Management and Guilford Technical Community College with a certification in Business Consulting.   Her vision for the shared-use kitchen is to utilize it as a connector to community and corporations for local food entrepreneurs, and to make it a cost-effective and rewarding reality.  Mrs. Ward grew up in Southeast Winston-Salem and is excited to put her professional skills to work in her neighborhood. She is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Morning Star Baptist Church. 
Meet Kyle Luth
        Kyle Luth has lived in Winston-Salem for over 10 years, and been involved with youth development and gardening programs for much of this time.  He holds graduate degrees from Wake Forest University (WFU) in biology and ecology, and has extensive experience as an educator. While at WFU, he was (and still is) an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Gardening Angels at the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club, and Minglewood Farm and Nature Preserve.  After completing his tenure at WFU, Dr. Luth spent 13 months teaching high school biology in Ghana, West Africa. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught high school biology in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, prior taking on his current role as Community Gardens Manager with S.G. Atkins CDC. In addition to managing the Simon's Community Gardens, Dr. Luth works as an environmental educator for a nonprofit focused on educating local youth about sustainable agricultural practices and environmental stewardship.

        As the Community Gardens Manager, Kyle will work with our current gardeners to beautify the garden space at S.G. Atkins, while strengthening the sense of community among those already working hard to grow delicious, healthy, and beautiful produce there. He hopes to increase local community involvement in the space by beginning a youth gardening club for kids (and their parents) living in the surrounding neighborhoods. Finally, Kyle is committed to increasing the number of organizations utilizing the Simon's Community Garden space, as well as establishing partnerships with local nonprofits, schools, churches, and community members with shared visions of a continually improving Winston-Salem.  Everyone is invited to join Kyle on October 26 when the gardeners celebrate a $30,000 grant from Garnier and Terracycle from 10 am to 3 pm.  
The East End Master Plan 
Planning is bringing the future into the present so you can do something about it now.     - Alan Lakein

"The East End Master Plan will be used as the guide for future development and growth for the East End Community," says Atkins CDC Director Carol Davis.  "All ideas are welcome for expanding economic opportunities in the East End."  "For this to work, the community voices must be at the table," says City Council member Derwin Montgomery.  The City of Winston-Salem, S. G. Atkins CDC, and ASG are committed to a strong community engagement effort and getting ideas from  a wide range of stakeholders. The final report can be seen online at  www.eastendconversations.com.   The City Council is expected to endorse the plan at their meeting on November 5th.  Meanwhile, Atkins CDC is preparing residents for homeownership, entrepreneurship, and looking for property owners who want to sell or improve their properties.  

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SENA's  6th Annual Community Day 

This year's event was a great success thanks to the work of the planning committee led by Patricia Degraffinreaidt, Pastor Steve Angle, Dr. Anthony Okafor, Tanika Hawkins, Blondia Ferrell and Kanika Brown.  The city's new mobile stage provided a great focal point with live music that could be heard throughout the neighborhood.  There were over 30 local exhibitors and free food flowed from annual partners Church's Chicken and grill master Billy Corne who served over 300 hamburgers and hot dogs.  Thanks to Cheryl Lindsay of Hanesbrands the volunteers all had matching teeshirts with the SENA logo.   Pastor Steve Angle, President of Southeast Neighborhood Association said,   "My favorite comment was from someone who had come last year and the year before, and they said they felt like there were so many more men and whole families and older children who came this year. God is good!" The theme was "Better Together" and many newcomers signed up to join the neighborhood association.  The neighbors meet once a month at The Enterprise Center.  Please call 336-734-6916 for more information. 

The Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center
Kicks off a New Jazz Concert Series 

On September 22, 2018  Darryl Little and Friends put on a great show performing multiple jazz and R&B classics for an audience filled with Enterprise Center family and friends.  Guests enjoyed music, food and beverages as the band played.  When a dance contest broke out, Patrick Stinson won a $50 prize for outdancing everyone in the room. The event was a huge success so mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21st when the Center will celebrate WSSU Homecoming with a delicious Soulful Scholarship Brunch to benefit WSSU.  Call 336-734-6916 for tickets or visit Soulful Scholarship Brunch on eventbrite.
Save The Dates
Business Training at The Enterprise Center
 in Partnership with the City of Winston-Salem
Need Help Growing Your Small Business?
Contact the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center !
Join Us For A Soulful Homecoming Brunch This Sunday
Net Proceeds Benefit S.G. Atkins CDC & WSSU Foundation 

Winston-Salem Urban League
2018 Fall Career Expo

Interested in joining a
 Neighborhood Association?
SouthEast Winston-Salem Residents Are Planning The
Next Community Day September 29, 2018

The SouthEast Neighborhood Association (SENA) meets at The Enterprise Center on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm. Call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336-734-6916 for more info.

Commercial Space Available for Lease
The beautifully renovated Union Station, 300 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will open early 2019 and c ommercial space is available for lease.
  Contact Carol Davis at Atkins CDC to discuss availability 336-734-6915.   
Planning A Wedding, Corporate Meeting, Luncheon, or Banquet?
The Enterprise Conference & Banquet Center is "The Place Where Community Hospitality Lives!"  To learn more about how we generate neighborhood jobs, call Patricia Degraffinreaidt at 336-734-6916.
Meet S. G. Atkins CDC
 2018 Board of Directors!
The 2018 board of directors includes WSSU faculty and Winston-Salem community members who are advocates for equitable economic development in Winston-Salem.   Russell Smith, professor of geography and vice president of the board believes, "The work accomplished by the CDC is important in bringing together students, businesses and the community as a whole. This collaboration can be a valuable and vital service to enhance growth within the community." 

2018 Board of Directors

Walter Farabee,  President
Director of Talent Retention and Recruitment,  Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce 

Russell Smith, Ph.D., Vice-President
WSSU Professor of Geography

Allan Younger,  Secretary
Director of the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center

Evelyn Acree, Treasurer  
Executive VP, Business Banking M & F Bank  

Jack S. Monell, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Justice Studies 

Virginia Hardesty
Owner, Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe 

Constance Mallette
WSSU Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration 

Kenya Thornton
Owner, Community Intervention and Educational Services

Anna Tefft
Commercial Lender, Natural Capital Investment Fund

Jason Thiel
President of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership

Pastor Alvin Carlisle
Exodus Baptist Church, President of the Winston-Salem NAACP Chapter

Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D.
WSSU Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, Owner of Gramercy Research Group 

Craig Richardson, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Economics, Director of the WSSU Center for the Study of Economic Mobility  

Richard G. Moye, Ph.D.
WSSU Professor of Sociology

Tim McMullen
WSSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management

Shamone Jones
WSSU student
Seeking Volunteer Opportunities?
Volunteers are always welcome at The Enterprise Center and the S. G. Atkins Community Development Corporation.  Consider sharing your skills and time with us. Together we all benefit and you can help make a difference!

Please call 336-734-6900 or e-mail sgatkinscdc4@gmail.com for details.
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